BTW - Week of July 1, 2020

01 Jul

ABA Schedules Coffee Break for BIPOC Booksellers

The July 2 virtual forum, a non-hosted event without an ABA facilitator or staff person, is intended to offer a meeting space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color booksellers.

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01 Jul
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Last Call to Register for Children’s Institute; Deadline Extended to July 3

Recently added to the schedule is a session featuring authors Kwame Alexander and Jerry Craft in conversation. 

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30 Jun

Kids’ Indies Introduce Authors on Being Chosen for the Program

At Children’s Institute later this month, the debut authors will appear alongside booksellers to talk about their books.

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29 Jun

Sign Up for Virtual IndieCommerce One-on-One Meetings at Children’s Institute

Booksellers are encouraged to sign up for virtual one-on-ones with members of ABA’s IndieCommerce team, open to current IndieCommerce and IndieLite members as well as to non-members.

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30 Jun

Publishers Join in to Sponsor White Antiracist Allyship Workshop at Children’s Institute

This workshop focuses on the self-awareness, knowledge of historic and current racism, and skills necessary for white people to learn together. 

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01 Jul
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Introducing ABA’s New IndieCommerce Specialists

Finnigan Butterfield and Murray Sampson have joined the ABA staff as the newest IndieCommerce Customer Support Specialists.

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30 Jun
Duende & The Word BIPOC Bookseller Award

Duende District, The Word Launch BIPOC Bookseller Award

All BIPOC who work in U.S. independent bookstores in any capacity are eligible to be nominated for the three categories: activism, innovation, and leadership.

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30 Jun

Penguin Random House’s Out of Print Company Launches Face Mask Line Together With ABA

A portion of each sale is being donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to assist bookstores impacted by COVID-19. 

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01 Jul

HarperCollins Launches Frontlist and Fall 2020 Promotion

This offer is an opportunity for HarperCollins’ independent retail accounts as they reopen their stores and rebuild their business in the second half of 2020.

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29 Jun

Penguin Random House Two-Day Transit Program Begins July 1

To support booksellers nationwide who are working under extraordinary circumstances, Penguin Random House will accelerate to summer the start of its annual Two-Day Transit Program. 

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29 Jun

Chicago Distribution Center Launches Free Freight Promo for Indie Bookstores

In addition to free freight, booksellers are eligible for an extra discount on orders placed between Wednesday, July 1, and Friday, October 30, 2020.

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01 Jul

E-commerce Update: Conversion Rate Remains Strong

In addition to a consistent conversion rate over the past week, stores that are open to customers on the weekends have reported an increase in in-store sales on Saturdays and Sundays.

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01 Jul

Shelf Awareness Celebrates 15 Years

Shelf Awareness offered its support to the American Booksellers Association for its first ever Winter Institute in 2006. Congratulations on 15 years from the ABA team!

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29 Jun

Binc Announces Seven Winners of 2020 Higher Education Scholarships

Six $3,500 scholarships were awarded to dependents of booksellers, and one $5,000 scholarship went to a current indie bookseller who has overcome learning adversity or is a non‐traditional student.

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01 Jul

Reader’s Digest Names the 50 “Nicest Places in America” Honorees

For 2020, Readers Digest invited people to recognize those in their lives who have stood up against COVID-19 as part of Nicest Places in America 2020: United in Kindness.

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01 Jul
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Senate Extends PPP Application Deadline to August 8; House Must Approve Extension

For the extension to go into effect, the U.S. House of Representatives would need to pass the legislation and send it to President Trump for his signature. 

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01 Jul
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Bookstores to Schools

This session focused on what needs to change as businesses are in various states of operation and events are taking place virtually instead of in-person.

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01 Jul

Sign Up for July Marketing, Technology Meetups

The month of July will feature a Marketing Meetup on marketing as a small store, plus two Technology Meetups, one on cyber insurance and the other on Zoom.

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01 Jul
August 2020 Indie Next List Flier featuring Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

The August 2020 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the August 2020 Indie Next List flier.

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30 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Valérie Perrin

Lindsey Bartlett of the former Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore called Fresh Water for Flowers “a splendid work that will keep readers absorbed to the last page.”

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01 Jul

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

In addition to announcing the July monthly bestsellers and advance listening copies for booksellers, Libro.fm has revealed that it raised more than $67,000 for Black-owned bookstores on Juneteenth.

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